A long hiatus from writing gave me a chance to reflect on what I wanted in life. I have achieved a weight loss that I have been dreading to lose for the last 20 years, all thanks to veganism. Now my family and I are focused on settling down in Illinois. We’ve been wanting to move there for a year and a half now, but certain circumstances have hindered that desire. It’s been a long journey for us but it was also a learning experience.
Going back to veganism, I have learned to appreciate food more than ever. I have disciplined myself and learned how to control, especially when there are parties. From my last blog until today, I have lost another 5 pounds. The changes were not only physical, but I felt it overall: emotionally and mentally I am a bit different. A bit, only because I just started 5 months ago. And exactly that, it’s been 5 months and it feels like nothing. It feels like I’ve been doing this all my life.
I started work last December, and even my coworkers were shocked to see me the way I am now-20 pounds slimmer. When they found out about my lifestyle, they asked me questions about what I eat, and how I feel. It’s really nice to know that people see the difference. What’s even better is that for the first time, my new year’s resolution is not to lose weight. I was 5 months ahead. The only thing I deal with now is my hunger that occurs every 2 hours.
I have received many compliments in the first 3 months already, and yet somehow at that time I didn’t pay attention, although they were very well appreciated. It’s only when I took my winter clothes out of the storage that I took notice. I tried some of my clothes and sweaters on, and surprisingly, I ended up donating them to Goodwill, because they’re now loose on me. Too loose in fact that they didn’t even look good on me anymore. That’s when I realized that veganism has been the only way to go without getting sick, tired and becoming hopeless. This is the only diet where the foods are what God has given to us all along. For me, I now see it as that, and animals are one of His creations too, and that we don’t have any right to kill them and use them for human consumption. And no amount of juicing, extreme diets nor exercise can top that, especially in such a short time.
So for the first few months of 2017, I am looking forward to some things: buying a house (hopefully), a family road trip from California to Illinois for a wedding and a reunion at the same time. I am beyond excited because I can document my experience with the different states we’ll be passing by, and of course FOOD. In the next blogs that I will be posting, I will be featuring vegan foods from those states and what’s so special about the restaurant that serves it. Until then, I hope you all had a joyous Christmas and a very Happy new Year.